Review: Mexico's rising DJ Jocan Deka has dabbled in everything from techno to D&B via ambient and more as he's learnt his craft. Now in this new EP, he gets to fuse elements of all his influences to great effect. "Don't Loose" is deep and immaculately produced bass music that defies conventions by ending on a strange breakdown. "Saurel Dunkelheit" is a quirky electro-techno affair and "Insparacion Automatic" ploughs a kind of avant garde garage field to much success.
Review: MokuJin steps up with a killer new LP - all focussed on the "AM / PM" track - on his home label, Blaq. The dude hasn't released on many other labels, but everything he's made is pure fire from start to finish. Ranging from deep, sweltering bass music to garage swings and more, Mokujin is fast becoming a name in the UK game. The track features Mr.Brainz and there's a whopping six versions of it in this tight little package. Our choice cuts are the Berlin mix for its shuffling percussion, and the Future Garage mix because it's both funky and totally freaky at the same time. If you're into your garage, this is the spot this week!
Question (London Pirate radio VIP mix) - (7:38) 134 BPM
Question (Love Bites dub remix) - (6:16) 123 BPM
Question (Night version) - (7:38) 134 BPM
Question (Signal Deluxe remix) - (6:16) 140 BPM
Question (Tuna Fizz version) - (6:46) 133 BPM
Review: Originally released last October, Mokujin's dark 'Question EP' was a troubled but inspired post-dubstep release. Now Blaq are giving it a re-run with a host of new mixes. The mood hasn't lifted (why should it?) but the tunes are a little more dancefloor-friendly. Highlights include the creepy halfstep vibes of the 808 Fizz version, the deep retro houses of the Love Bites dub and the mangled, future urban beats of the Tuna Fizz version.
Question (Back To 1998 UK Garage Flavour) - (5:32) 140 BPM
Question (Future Garage version) - (6:28) 140 BPM
Mokujin & Tiny URL - "Question" - (6:27) 140 BPM
Question (Strings For Love Mix Version 2) - (6:28) 140 BPM
Review: Keepin' it simple, this EP features one tune and a host of remixes. "Question" is a slice of moody, intelligent breaks, with layered synthscapes and vocal contributions from Tiny Url (the MC, not the site!). The 'Future Garage' version is a sparse UKG take on the tune and the "Strings For Love' version takes the aforementioned synth layers to orchestral heights. However, it's the retro 2-step vibes of the 'Back To 1998' mix that's the most fun and dancefloor-troubling of the four versions included.